Mexico president’s rating hits new low after Trump victory

11/20/16 Reuters

images-1Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s approval rating has slumped to a new low since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency last week, in part due to his invitation of the real estate tycoon to Mexico during the campaign, a poll showed on Sunday.

The survey by polling firm Buendia & Laredo for newspaper El Universal said approval of Pena Nieto’s performance had fallen to 25 percent from 29 percent in July, hurt by discontent about the economy, rising violence and failure to battle corruption.

Pena Nieto’s six-year term concludes at the end of November 2018, and opinion polls show his centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) faces an uphill battle to retain power after the next presidential election, scheduled for July 2018.

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Mexico’s governing party ousts fugitive state governor accused of links to organized crime

10/26/16 Business Insider

DuarteMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) expelled an outgoing state governor from its ranks on Tuesday, saying the official violated party rules as head of the Gulf state of Veracruz.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant last week for Javier Duarte over his alleged involvement in organized crime and money laundering.

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Mexico: Arrest warrant for missing Veracruz governor

10/26/16 Al Jazeera 

Javier_Duarte_de_OchoaThe Mexican authorities are seeking to arrest a former governor who has disappeared as he faces charges of organised crime and money laundering, officials said.Javier Duarte has not been seen for days after he resigned as governor of the crime-plagued eastern state of Veracruz last week.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for him last week and the country’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has expelled Duarte, saying the official violated party rules as head of the state. Duarte failed to attend a hearing of the party’s justice committee on Tuesday and his whereabouts are not known. “The expulsion of Javier Duarte de Ochoa was decided because it has been proved … that he systematically violated the party rules and ethics codes,” the party said in a statement.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told Radio Formula last week that officials do not know where Duarte is but believe he is in the country because immigration authorities have no record of him departing.

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Mexico’s ruling party just totally failed at being cool

10/13/16 The Washington Post 
PRI logoIt was an erstwhile attempt at self-expression in a party known for protocol and staid formalities. A member of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) posted a defiant rant on Facebook — along with an image of a bearded hipster with thick glasses — listing the challenges of being young and belonging to an organization whose stalwarts are lampooned as dinosaurs.

“Being a young priista (PRI militant) is no easy thing. It’s a fight on twenty fronts,” Rodrigo Escalante wrote Oct. 9 on his Facebook page.

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Mexico’s governing party strips governor of party support

09/26/16 The Washington Post

Javier_Duarte_de_OchoaMEXICO CITY — An internal committee of Mexico’s governing party said Monday that it decided to strip party rights from one of its state governors under federal investigation for corruption.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party’s national justice committee said in a statement Monday it removed the party rights of Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte and six other party members.

Last week, the federal Attorney General’s Office announced that it was taking over two corruption investigations involving the outgoing governor. Duarte and others were being investigated for illegal enrichment, embezzlement and breach of duty.

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Explaining Mexico’s Consumer Paradox

08/24/16 The Huffington Post 

Pesos by Flickr user AleiexThe disassociation between consumer confidence and consumer spending habits over the past two years has been one of the Mexico’s most interesting economic puzzles. The economy remains stuck in a three-year slowdown (GDP contracted in the second quarter by a sequential 0.3%), tighter fiscal and monetary conditions are in place as a result of low oil prices and a weak peso, and the string of corruption and impunity scandals surrounding the political class (and particularly the ruling PRI) appears to have no end in sight, even despite the passage of anti-corruption legislation.

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Why teachers have been occupying one of Mexico’s most alluring public spaces since May

07/25/16 Los Angeles Times

protest -- stroke -- resistanceWith its towering cathedral, stately trees and many cafes, the central plaza here usually exudes a sense of peace and elegance — a place to dine, reflect or listen to the marimba bands that perform on the ornate, wrought-iron bandstand.

But sit-ins, roadblocks and violence linked to Mexico’s roiling conflict between teachers and the federal government have cast a pall over Oaxaca City and the Guelaguetza, the signature annual celebration of the indigenous and mestizo heritage of this culturally rich state.

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